Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
S. H. Kress Five-And-Ten Cent Store
Thriving through the Second World War and into the early 1960’s as part of Birmingham’s historic retail and theatre district, the company’s downtown fortunes began to diminish as activity and population moved toward the suburbs and into newer forms of retail development. The store was closed in 1978, and the building was added to the National Register in 1982.
The Kress Building was acquired in 2003 by the shareholders of the law firm of Wiggins, Childs, Quinn and Pantazis, P.C. After a complete restoration of the building and its historic features in 2003 and 2004, the Kress Building once again has regained the vibrant and significant presence it once enjoyed.
Kress Building Restoration Team
Architectural and Design: Tammy Cohen and Stan Corson of Cohen & Company
Developer and Project Coordinator: John Lauriello and Julie Gieger of Southpace Properties, Inc.
General Contractor: Andy Anderson and Charles Ferlist of Charles & Vinzant
Preservation Consultant: Linda Nelson of FuturePast
Samuel H. Frazier, Attorney-At-Law
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 33° 30.946′ N, 86° 48.502′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 19th Street North and 3rd Avenue North, on the right when traveling north on 19th Street North. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 19th Street North, Birmingham AL 35203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shutting Down Downtown (here, next to this marker); S.H. Kress Store Building (a few steps from this marker); Woman in Paddy WagonFormer F.W. Woolworth Store Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Loveman's Department Store/McWane Science Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Sitting in for Lunch (within shouting distance of this marker); Music in the Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); Equality for All (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 4,794 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.